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Booking.com and AirPlus International partner to enable seamless payment experience for business travellers

November 29, 2018 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Today AirPlus, a leading global provider of payment and billing solutions for business travel, and Booking.com, one of the world’s leading travel e-commerce companies, have partnered to provide a seamless booking and payment experience for corporates and their travellers through a new integration in the Booking.com for Business platform.

Using AirPlus A.I.D.A. Virtual Cards, corporate customers can now generate an individual Mastercard® number for their employees to pay for accommodation via the Booking.com for Business platform. All expenses made with AirPlus A.I.D.A. Virtual Cards are settled centrally and are itemised on one clearly structured collective invoice. For existing AirPlus corporate travel customers, setting up their customised Booking.com for Business account takes only a few minutes.

Extensive accommodation inventory and 24/7 support with convenient, secure payment

Through this partnership, business travellers can instantly access and book their ideal stay from Booking.com’s diverse inventory of 29 million total reported listings, including more than 5.7 million listings in homes, apartments and other unique places to stay. As a company’s AirPlus A.I.D.A. Virtual Cards are automatically integrated into the Booking.com for Business platform as a preferred payment method, corporate customers instantly benefit from AirPlus’ flexible, fully-centralised payment solution with maximum security, data quality and acceptance. For any questions, Booking.com’s customer service team is available to support travellers 24/7 in over 40 languages.

With AirPlus A.I.D.A. Virtual Cards, the corporate payment and internal expense management processes are easier, more streamlined and highly efficient. Due to the transparent, centralised process design, corporates can achieve far higher rates of travel policy compliance amongst their travellers by leveraging this solution for their travel bookings and payments.

“This collaboration is promising news for travel managers as it will make their corporate hotel booking and payment processes flow much more efficiently”, explains David Newington, Commercial Director APAC. “For the first time ever, business customers will also now save time as they will be able to collate invoices, make payments and manage expenses when booking hotels on Booking.com. Our AirPlus A.I.D.A. virtual cards are accepted worldwide wherever Mastercard is accepted and this makes us a great match for Booking.com.”

“We are very excited about this partnership and integration with AirPlus and what it means for our corporate customers,” said Ripsy Bandourian, Senior Director of Partnerships at Booking.com. “Now even more business travellers can seamlessly find the stay that’s just right for their individual needs while using their company’s preferred payment method. With more choice and flexibility for travellers and an easier, more transparent reporting and reconciliation process for corporates, it’s a win-win for everyone.”

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